Friday, January 13, 2006
Rice: Serious Political Consequences For Norway
Washington warns Oslo because of Israel politics
vL. STOCKHOLM, 12 January. American Secretary of State Rice threatened Norway with "serious political consequences", should it boycott goods from Israel. The Norwegian newspaper "Aftenposten" reported about confidential exchanges of letters between Washington and Oslo, in which the American State Department used the strongest possible diplomatic verbalizations. The Norwegian minister of foreign affairs Store wrote the American and the Israeli government to insure them that its government does not support a boycott. Financial minister Kristin Halvorsen had suggested that as a chairman of the left wing party. Obviously on account of pressure from Prime Minister Stoltenberg it - in contrast to her party - she disavowed the plan.
Text: F.A.Z., 13,01,2006, NR. 11/page 6